I’ve been letting our friends and family know the girls and I have been collecting natural artifacts for a while.
We started about two years ago with only a few items: a geode, a few shells, and a few polished stones.
We’ve inherited a few more natural treasures from an aunt and a friend/former colleague of mine who is also an amateur geologist.
We now have a sand dollar and a large starfish
And seen with 1/2 of our geode – a stone arrowhead from New Mexico and some fossils: a fern, a fish, and a trilobyte. The pictures totally don’t do them justice.
I recently purchased this set of 18 polished and unpolished stones from Battat at a Tuesday Morning store.
What I love about it is that you can see what the stones look when they are polished and when they are in their natural form. It also came with a stone identification guide as well.
|Rhodonite||Autumn Jasper||Amazonite||Orange Jade||Aragonite||Adventurine|
|D.T. Amythyst||Dalmatine||Rock Crystal||Butter Jade||Tiger’s Eye||Unakite|
|New Jade||Banded Agate||Brazilian Sodalite||Rose quartz||Black Stone||Goldstone|
The New Jade, Orange Jade and Butter Jade are variants of the Jade family, and the black stone is well, just that I guess, apolished black stone, perhaps a river rock. I can’t seem to find a good description of what it really is (yet).
The Dalmatine is a spotted Jasper.
The Autumn Jasper is a variant of a Jasper too.
The Smithsonian Institute has a great book out on Rocks and Gems:
The illustrations are awesome in this book and they also show many pictures of the historical uses of the natural rocks and gems (in art and architecture, tools and weapons). It’s a pretty amazing book. I found a copy of this book in Borders discount section for only $10.
We recently acquired new specimens from the Indianopolis Children’s Museum in 2009:
2 agate slices, unpolished pink quartz, pyrite, tigerseye, goldstone, and ocos (mini-geode; center):